Six regular-season Gulls games to be televised by FOX 5 San Diego
Aug. 7, 2017
The Gulls and FOX 5 San Diego announced today the club’s local television schedule for the 2017-18 American Hockey League (AHL) regular season. Throughout the San Diego region, six games will air live from Valley View Casino Center on FOX 5 San Diego, the local FOX network TV station proudly serving San Diego television viewers.
The six-game television schedule begins with the Home Opener on Friday, Oct. 13 when San Diego hosts the Texas Stars, and continues with additional games on Nov. 10 vs. the Stockton Heat, Nov. 17 vs. the Tucson Roadrunners, Dec. 22 vs. the Ontario Reign, Jan. 19 vs. the San Jose Barracuda and Mar. 30 vs. the Cleveland Monsters. All games will be held on Friday evenings and begin at 7 p.m. PT.
Craig Elsten returns for his third season as the Gulls’ play-by-play voice, having called all 136 regular-season games since the club’s inception in 2015. B.J. MacPherson opens his third season as the Gulls’ color analyst, having called all 68 home games during the club’s first two seasons. MacPherson played 774 games of professional hockey in the AHL, West Coast Hockey League and International Hockey League from 1994-2001 and was a member of the WCHL Gulls from 1996-2001 where he scored 137-208=345 points and won four Taylor Cups with San Diego.
“We are thrilled to be going into year two of our partnership with the San Diego Gulls and there is no better way to kick off the upcoming 2017-18 season than to once again bring the action and excitement of local hockey back to TV as we will air the Gulls Home Opener on Oct. 13 against Texas,” said Scott Heath, FOX 5 President and General Manager.
In addition, Josh Cooper will join the broadcast team to serve as a host to offer in-game updates and reports throughout each telecast. Cooper has 15-plus years of sports journalism experience, and most recently served as an editor of Puck Daddy for Yahoo! Sports covering all major hockey leagues and appeared on national and local television and radio shows. He also served as the main beat reporter for The Tennessean covering the Nashville Predators.
From the production truck, Mike Levy will produce each of the televised games this season. Levy is the current producer for Los Angeles Dodgers telecasts on Spectrum SportsNet LA, and previously served as the producer for Anaheim Ducks games on Fox Sports West, KDOC and KCAL for 20 years from 1996-2016. He also produced NHL games on NBC Sports regional networks, in addition to producing or directing games with the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Clippers, LA Galaxy, Oakland Raiders and Pac-12 Network.
In 2017, FOX 5 San Diego televised the inaugural Gulls broadcast vs. the Bakersfield Condors at Valley View Casino Center on Feb. 12, the first television broadcast since the Gulls began play in San Diego.
Below is a list of all Gulls televised games:
|Friday, Oct. 13||Texas Stars||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Nov. 10||Stockton Heat||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Nov. 17||Tucson Roadrunners||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Dec. 22||Ontario Reign||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Jan. 19||San Jose Barracuda||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Mar. 30||Cleveland Monsters||7 p.m.|